Champagne has been a celebratory beverage throughout human history. From ancient times through the Middles Ages, from the royalty of the French and British courts to the everyday celebrations of today, from humble down-to-earth beginnings to zero-gravity champagne enjoyed by astronauts in space.
Credit: Mumm Champagne
There is a certain mystique and romance about champagne: the ceremonial opening of the bottle, the pop of the cork, those tiny bubbles and frothy foam, the pour into special flutes, the perlage of effervescence ascending in the glass, the toast to a special occasion. No other beverage is like it.
In this course, you will take a deep dive into the beverage of kings and queens and learn all there is to know about champagne and other French sparkling wines. This course covers these lessons:
- History of Champagne
- Champagne region location and climate
- Soils of Champagne
- Grapes allowed in champagne
- Wine laws and rules of Champagne
- Champagne subregions
- Making champagne
NOTE: Throughout the course we will differentiate between Champagne the region and champagne the beverage. The region is referred to with first letter capitalized; the beverage is lowercase.
This online course is currently only meant to complement the live course being next taught at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. You can register here for the live course, and the online course is complimentary.
Champagne and French Sparkling Wine – (CAHM140)
Jan 31, 2019 – May 23, 2019
Each week, you will learn from wine experts through lecture and tasting a flight of wines associated with this region in a group setting.